Mexico City, Aug 1: An Aeromexico plane with 103 people on board crashed soon after take-off in Durango on Tuesday afternoon. According to Mexican officials, all passengers and crew survivied the crash. However, 80 people were injured, two critically, in the accident. There were 97 passengers and four crew members on board.
Aermexico flight AM2431 was heading to Mexico City when it crashed moments after taking off at the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport. "We confirm that there were no fatalities in the accident of flight AM2431," Durango Governor Jose Aispuro said on Twitter. The Transportation Ministry said the Embraer aircraft had the accident at 4:00 pm.
According to the daily Milenio, Governor Aispuro blamed weather conditions. "It was raining, there was a storm. I think they wanted to abort, but were not able to fall on the runway. It fell farther ahead where the paved runway ends and that caused the fire that seriously damaged the plane," Aispuro said. The airport has been closed while officials attend to the wreckage.
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The North-Central Airport Group (OMA), the agency that operates the airport, also blamed poor weather conditions for the crash. "The accident was caused, according to preliminary reports, by adverse weather conditions," the OMA said via Twitter.